TODAY -

Towards a peaceful Manipur
- Part 1 -

Dr. Gunadhor Okram *

Manipur Map



"Non-standard vocabularies seem to be one of the origins of unrest in Manipur as these are mightier than swords: Akaiba wa eeshing changaga pummi." Therefore these if used must be stopped or controlled as a responsible Manipuri. One should respect others so that he gets respect in return. It should be a big social issue to campaign to create a very effective way to reducing the conflict to its minimum permissible limit for a viably peaceful and attractively livable Manipur... to develop into an industrialized state… with its own revenue sufficient to run its administration and maintain infrastructure.

Glorified as powerhouse of games, sports, culture, literature, handloom and handicrafts, birth place of polo and so on, but arguably tarnished in recent times due to insurgency problems and consequent devastating social and hence political unrest, jeopardizing peaceful cohesion to the fast pace for development around the world in the present age of information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, making the whole world in totality a global village, a tiny hilly yet a far-flung, north-eastern (NE) state of India, with nine ranges of hills (20,089 sq. Km.) surrounding still the tinier valley (2,238 sq. Km) of less than even the population of Indore, Madhya Pradesh who are circumstantially foreign (Mongoloid) to general mainstream perception also may describe this place fondly. It is Manipur.

However, Manipuris who are too boastful of its rich cultural traditions should not forget that they do not have any distinctive modern industrial output or infrastructure in terms of industry, education, science and technology, turning into the rampant preference to send their wards for outside education and so on… We must mind on these aspects in a very practical way. Unless this is done at the earliest, our pride shall remain hollow. This will control draining out our meager income!

Though tiny, Manipur has a rich history, fauna, flora and many sub-ethnic tribes. Before coming to the concentrated context on Manipur, it might be appropriate to start with how and why history comes up for human beings, not for other animals.

Man, even though social but greedy in simple term by nature, creates history. History as a consequence is always associated with conflict (foe) and friendship. Somehow or the other, friendship turns foe or vice-versa. This is like two sides of the same coin or a palm and the back of a hand. To avoid conflict, moderation becomes an essential ingredient of life whether personal, social, organizational, inter-regional, provincial, country-wise and inter-country-wise or so on…

All these aspects become very essential for the smooth flow of essential commodities such as grains, life-saving drugs, mercantile, natural gas, high-tech products, and outer space and so on. For example, without communication satellites, we cannot enjoy TV serials or channels at home and mobile phones almost everywhere! This means that our life today is complex that our daily needs require the whole world in the scenario of global village, not in isolation.

There has never been a situation in history or an event such a simple social phenomenon as marriage which is almost all the cases not trouble-free. This means some degree of conflict is always involved in any important event. That is, one may put this way: conflict-free situation seldom happens in nature. In sum, one may argue, all these make us more and more intelligent as the time passes by, which is what history proves, whether inter-regional, interprovincial, interstate, inter-country-wise or global.

In simple term, greed but with consequent refinements gives birth to supremacy over others giving rise to 'survival for the fittest' situation. As a consequence, group leader, village chief, town/ city mayor, Member of Legislative Assembly, Member of Parliament, minister, chief minister, prime minister, president and so on came or come up. In the process, once elected or nominated, such individuals dictate or rule ordinary citizens, who have to willingly or unwillingly follow the leader or the rule he/ they make. This is what slowly turns out as man progresses with time, termed as administration.

Further, it invokes competitions in any areas. It may be knowledge, physical strength, intelligence and intuitiveness to mention a few. Some people may be very good in games and sports, some in study, art and culture, crafts, so on and so forth. Gradually, a community is proven to be superior to the other. Then, naturally, the superior community or the person always tries to maintain its dominance over the other or the weaker.

This is how zamindari system exists in many places in India even today as portrayed in TV serials and movies. This happens gradually as a community in all the cases and never an individual. As a result, the downtrodden people have a mindset to take revenge whenever there is a chance. In other words, everybody is greedy in true sense and he is never happy if he is inferior or less so for the superior.

The inferior cannot be made superior by making reservation in the system for such people because reservation makes them idle, non-competitive, still more inferior and in the long run ineffective. This means in other words the permanent inferiority. If an individual or a community does not like this stigma, they have to compete, or perhaps fight in a tactical way, so that they are proven not as inferior but equal if not superior. They must come out of reservation boundary, as has been seen in recent times.

This is what is happening everywhere in the world such as voting right not given earlier based on sex or community. These have been gradually wiped out throughout the world with time. The best example is the present president of the United States of America (USA), Barak Obama, whose community was earlier denied voting right, forget about becoming a president from their community. This is what the stark reality of the world today proves.

This has been what I have been trying to bring in the context of development in modern vocabulary or civilization in old terminology one requires to keep in mind particularly the fellow Manipuris today. They must think in much broader context the world itself than the very narrow-mindset of Manipur, as surrounded by ranges of hills, making a typical 'volcanic well' in the global context!

Sense of belongingness with a reference to friendliness, ever-helping nature, love and affection as brothers and sisters, parents and grand-parents need not be explained again as we are descendents of such outcome whatsoever had happened is history. Because of man's willingness to dominate, one generation after the other, many outsiders had historically migrated and transformed into locals and even ruled.

With the ages passed by we as such may not know who even pure indigenous people than some others are as they are circumstantially mixed up in several permutations and combinations. This is what Manipur today and hence one cannot simply conclude that they are actually the real Manipuris, Manipuris based on how many years back from today! This should be taken more cautiously as usual.

This should not be an exception to some community or the other as we are all one, thereby claiming their land for separate homeland would be against the very fabric of brotherhood, which at least we as a whole cannot claim against. Then, why must we be separated; separation makes us weaker to what we called outsiders. A single stick is prone to break easily but not a bunch of it. In this context, in the name of protected area shadow, while valley people cannot own a land in the hills, these hills are reportedly settled by sizeable number of the so-called outsiders, not valley people. This is noteworthy.

In this sense, what is that exactly happening in the hills is also not encouraging for Manipuris in general. On other hand, in this age of global village naturally rather than by compulsion, regionalism or communalistic approach does not seem to be appropriate. This shall degrade further our already underdeveloped tag.

One may say that every tribe in the world was tribal initially. Gradually, their skills become better and understandable to the world of advanced knowledge, intelligence and hard work. In the name of competition and dominance over the other, they systematically become one after the other, modern-age man.

In the name of indigenousness, extra-love to being tribal does also not seem to be a good idea and one should also not be happy when he is called a tribal, to get reservation or whatsoever. Even if it is, one must utilize it fully, taking the advantage of it and compete the best. He must rather come out to compete because world today is extremely competitive as competitors outnumber the opportunities.

Therefore, everybody should have equal right to compete for anything so that he attains the status of modern civilized human being. The same has been proven in many spheres of life, which has been nurtured and proven, giving guide to other peripheral groups but should be spread towards the downtrodden. By living together within one government may not necessarily make them forever suppressed.

If it is so, they might better come out to compete as in other fields to prove what the general public perceived may not be necessarily correct as did by black Americans. Now, they are no less than white Americans, if becoming their president is one of the most important criteria to become a superior American. In this context also, our hill people are never behind others, who had already produced two of the longest serving chief ministers of the state, which does not seem to be a negligible achievement! The same is applicable in big offices.

Then, why should hill people still think that they are suppressed or dominated by others, read meiteis? Even if such great intellectual people with big science or engineering degrees and so on, finally they have to request for favor to get signed or the approval on their important documents to these hill officer/s on the top (read DC or some post of similar kind)! Means, to be great is not just becoming an engineering or medical officer/ degree holder, who is easily handled by just an ordinary degree holder also (read SDM or similar post).

To be continued...


* Dr. Gunadhor S. Okram wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer is a Scientist at UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road Indore and can be reached at okramgs(at)gmail(dot)com
This article was posted on January 23, 2013.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #2
  • Felicitation of Sportsperson: Gallery
  • ICJ: Investigation of Extrajudicial Killing
  • Legal profession as career option #2
  • Loktak Down Stream HE Project (2x33MW)
  • Protest against mob lynching at DU
  • Ripples of Music :: Poem
  • Memo submitted to CM over lynching
  • Poems of Peace, Resistance ...
  • Helicopter Schedule for Imphal-Jiri
  • Mirabai recommended for Khel Ratna
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #3: Gallery
  • Manipur State is still winning..
  • Gazetteer of North-East India :: Book
  • Sunfeast Cup Football Tournament
  • Trip down memory lane
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Folk Song :: Poem
  • The Endureres at Dwarka Half Marathon
  • Main accused in cop slaying nabbed
  • Naga talks not confined to Nagaland..
  • Trekking to Dzukou Valley #1 : Gallery
  • Rest in Peace Humanity
  • Ph Banti's artwork 'Trafficking of children'
  • Cry of a Dying River - 45 :: Poem
  • Buddhism is not a religion
  • Jobs at R-Square Design
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Candle Light at DU over lynching
  • Society as a reflection of govt
  • Mobocracy : Shame on Manipur
  • Kuki Black Day @CCpur : Gallery
  • miAoIbgi pNTuH :: Seireng
  • Apikcha, Apaiba, Tinilung :: eMing
  • An opinion on Tharoijam killing
  • How Manipur lost internal autonomy, Kabaw
  • Admission for PhD at Tripura Univ
  • Meefam ST at Nambol, Khangabok
  • Importance of Forest & Environment
  • Deep social divide: Two different folks?
  • Kuki Black Day: Kukis Will never forget
  • R & V Art House's First Art Fest 2018
  • Celebrating International Literacy Day, 2018
  • Born a Kuki, die a Kuki :: Poem
  • History of North East India :: Book
  • Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler
  • Meefam chathaduna ST gi issue..
  • Dipankar Talukdar- Mr Model of World Star
  • System error- who will fix Broken Window
  • Reshuffle Talks : Say No to Yes Me
  • India negotiating vehicle pact with Myanmar
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #2 : Gallery
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #2
  • Is FA a self exposed daylight robbery?
  • Nation Needs Small Farmers
  • Who is programming you ?
  • Bandhs as dissent & survival of laziest
  • Looking for Raju :: Poem
  • The cry of the 2nd class citizen
  • Bharat Bandh in Imphal
  • Tribal body writes to Prez on People Bill
  • Sumi Hoho reaffirms dissociation from NH
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #1
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #2 : Gallery
  • Naga-Kuki conflict: Search for definitions
  • Mega Marathon Manipur : Download Form
  • Legal profession as career option
  • Guv felicitates 5 JAK RIF for flood relief
  • Stored Anger :: Book Review
  • On stepping into the 20th year of TSE
  • Sept - month which reinstated our courage
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #2 : Gallery
  • Empty :: Poem
  • Lets beat littering - plastics pollution
  • NEHU Seminar : Urbanization in India
  • Jobs at JCRE Skill Solutions
  • Declaration of Naga Collective Spirit [Sep 8]
  • Akanba Khongjangidamak Yathokpa Loire
  • Support for STDC from UMA, Assam
  • 'Deplorable power supply in Nagaland'
  • Tryst with destiny - Should we accept ?
  • Stand off at MU : Impact on LS Poll
  • Exploring the enthralling Tuilha Kol
  • Kamesh Salam : Outstanding Green Activist
  • The Valley Of Brahmaputra :: Book
  • Development of road database
  • The inner page story :: Poem
  • Kakching WW-II Memorial Run 2018
  • STDC public meeting at Langathel Keithel
  • CNTC denounces Senapati Declaration'
  • Online help for LGBTQ in three states
  • Army recalibrating its strategy in NE
  • Maibi Jagoi at Sangai Fest : Gallery
  • My poll without prejudice to anyone
  • MEETAC - Mission for streamlining TK
  • Conditions leading to Marxism
  • Heart Camp at Khelakhong, Thoubal
  • Cyber bully: Crime that follows you home
  • Bhupen Hazarika : Tribute at London
  • AEP & Importance of Myanmar & NE
  • Political pandemonium
  • Students central to MU issue
  • Landscape from Koubru #2 : Gallery
  • Leishangthem Robert for Mr. World 2018
  • Oinam Shilla Chanu at Mrs India Earth
  • North-east Frontier Of India :: Book
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 44 :: Poem
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Honours to Bamboo; a ubiquitous gift
  • Case of hunter now being huntedr
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #3 : Gallery
  • Women Empowerment & judicial Activism
  • Narin Chenggum - wild edible mushroom
  • Flying Star at your lips :: Poem
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Call centre fraud: Vicious vishing attack
  • Changing India & its impact on Manipur
  • MU stand off gets uglier
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #4
  • Krishna Janma @Mahabali #1 : Gallery
  • Eastern Frontier of India :: Book Review
  • Remembering Radhakrishnan ..
  • Moments to cherish :: Poem
  • Glimpse of the Buddha's teaching
  • NH7 Weekender Express Editions
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [05 Sep]
  • Mental equation
  • Are teachers teaching ? Apt, timely poser
  • Sirarakhong Hathei Phanit @Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #1 : Gallery
  • Globalization, Act East Policy & Manipur
  • Review on anthology of Parthajit Borah
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Child Friendly Police Stations proposed
  • ADBU Goes Green with Solar Energy
  • Convocation of Assam Don Bosco
  • Fetal Echocardiography - Seminar held
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [04 Sep]
  • Manipur climbers felicitated
  • Divide, divert and rule will not work
  • FA, MU crisis : Issues before LS polls
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #1 : Gallery
  • Komrem Student Day @Bangalore : Gallery
  • September Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • The Coils of Pakhangba :: Book
  • Physics Program in Don Bosco, Tura
  • Condemns MU VC's vindictive stance
  • 'Policy of India to suppress people'
  • NDPP congratulates Abu Metha
  • Pandey back at MU! Violating spirit of MoA
  • Exhibition @ Art College #2: Gallery
  • AMWJU Sit-In-Protest : Gallery
  • Shri Krishna Janmasthami :: Book
  • Life's heck :: Poem
  • Environment & lung health are vital
  • Innovation for the common man
  • Humanitarian crisis with NRC in Assam
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [02 Sep]
  • Jangou Rah : eRang Classic
  • The Story of 40 Pineapple Suckers
  • Rebirth of Manipur Human Rights Comm
  • Yumkhaibam Nanao Eramdam Yaourakhre
  • Lecture: Governance & Public Services
  • X-rated poem :: Poem
  • Ningol Chakkouba Celebration in Delhi
  • Baton changes hands at IGAR (South)
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [01 Sept]
  • A Wake-up call
  • Lok Sabha polls : More crucial for BJP
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #2: Gallery
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #2 : Gallery
  • The World of Kuki People :: Book
  • Effects of the Burning of Meitei Puyas
  • Soil Technician required at MaolKeki
  • Jr. Mr. India 2018, Gyanendra Thokchom
  • Rejoinder to HTC & allies' statement
  • Consensual sex..Does it amount to rape ?
  • Need for all to keep their sanity
  • Thailand's Queen to visit 3 NE States in Nov
  • Hostel for NE students ready in Bengaluru
  • Sanagi Tenawa :: Funga Wari
  • MU: Den of Insurgents or Den of Ideas?
  • Can NRC Update save Assam and NE ?
  • Victim of Enforced Disappearances
  • Admission for Ph.D. at Tripura University
  • Aizawl: Photo Exhibit 'Saaf Niyat Sahi Vikas'
  • IGAR (S) calls on Chief Minister
  • The Game of Frame Work Agreement
  • Cases of excesses : FIRs raining on cops
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #1: Gallery
  • Baapjii the Prime Minister that I knew
  • A visit to TNAI, Manipur Branch
  • Physics Program in Don Bosco College
  • Resolution: Right of Human Right Defender
  • Flowering A Xewali :: Poem
  • Condemnable sequence of events at JNU
  • Advancing rights of Human Right Defender
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF
  • Is BJP govt sabotaging trust of people
  • Chronicling the culture of bandh
  • Dolaithabi Dam , Senapati : Gallery
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #2 : Gallery
  • Cry of a Dying River - 43 :: Poem
  • Emerging careers in sports #2
  • I was appointed as a Yoga Pracharak..
  • Stop targeting Human Rights Defenders
  • TSA refutes Hill Tribal Council, Moreh
  • Misleading statement made by NPF :: NDP
  • A look on the past and present govt
  • Questioning silence of Cong
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #1 : Gallery
  • AKA a beautiful existential crisis
  • Unemployment in 4th Industrial Revolution
  • 47th Nagas Annual Meet at Mumbai
  • Transcending Patriots' Day(s) #4
  • CM meet Ambassador Of Thailand
  • Vajpayeeji full of wit & humour #2
  • The truth unfolded
  • Education : Central to all Make MU shine
  • Sangai Fest: Fashion Show #2 : Gallery
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #3
  • Dr. Jodhachandra Sanasam : Sahitya
  • Transcending Patriots' Day(s) #3
  • Tolloi in Ukhrul District #1 : Gallery
  • Architects announces 1st MADE 2018
  • Expedite FA Rally #2 : Gallery
  • Billie's Book by Ranjeeta Mayanglambam
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #1 : Gallery
  • Shougrakpam Bijaya :: A Profile
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS